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Division of Labour in some Classical Concepts--An Attempt of Contemporary Theoretical Synthesis


  • Perackovic Kresimir

    (The Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar)


This paper analyzes classical concepts of division of labour and offers some contemporary theoretical model which includes causes and effects of it. For Smith, the main cause is a tendency of human nature to exchange and the main effect is a progress of the country. For Marx, the fundamental cause is historical development of productive forces and effects are accumulation of capital on the one side but also an alienation of working class on the other. Spencer considers as the main cause specialization of functions in generally, which consequence is integration of society. For Durkheim, causes are social density and volume, and its effect or function is new interconnection in society known as term organic solidarity. Weber derives division of labour from his theory of rational economic actions, and its most important effect is development of occupational structure.

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  • Perackovic Kresimir, 2011. "Division of Labour in some Classical Concepts--An Attempt of Contemporary Theoretical Synthesis," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 17(1), pages 1-19, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jeehcn:v:17:y:2011:i:1:n:1

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